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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Nation-Building in War: The Experience of Republican Vietnam, 1955-1975

Nation-Building in War: The Experience of Republican Vietnam, 1955-1975
October 17-18, 2016
Location: 180 Doe Library, University of California, Berkeley

DAY 1, October 17
Introductory Panel, 8:30-9:00 am
  • Peter Zinoman, University of California, Berkeley
  • Tuong Vu, University of Oregon
  • Nu-Anh Tran, University of Connecticut
Panel 1: Pluralist Politics, 9:00 am-10:30 am
  • Chair and moderator: Peter Zinoman
  • Lâm Lễ Trinh, “President Ngô Đình Diệm & the First Republic of Việt Nam (1954-1963)”
  • Nguyễn Trọng Nho, "The Challenges to the Survival of a Democratic Government in Time of a War without Frontier"
  • Hoàng Đức Nhã, "Striving toward a Lasting Peace to Continue Building the Nation: The Vietnam Peace Accords and Aftermath"

Coffee break, 10:30 am-10:45 am
Panel 2: Economy and Development, 10:45 am-12:45 pm
  • Chair and moderator: Tuong Vu
  • Vũ Quốc Thúc, "The Birth of Central Banking"
  • Cao Văn Thân, "Land Reform, Rural and Agricultural Development"
  • Phạm Kim Ngọc, "Reform or Collapse"
  • Nguyễn Đức Cường, "Foundation for Self-Sufficiency and Growth" 
Lunch break, 12:45 pm-1:45 pm
Panel 3 (scholarly): Politics and Economy, 1:45 pm-3:45 pm
  • Chair and moderator: Nu-Anh Tran
  • Kevin Li, "Patriots or Collaborators: Reappraising the Bình Xuyên during Decolonization"
  • Ryan Nelson, "Losing Hearts and Minds: A Look at Four South Vietnamese Non-Combat Related Urban Social Problems, 1965 to 1966"
  • Simon Toner, "Stumbling Towards the Fall: The RVN's Economic Crisis, 1969-1975"
  • Sean Fear, "Reflections on the State and Civil Society in the Second Republic"
Coffee break, 3:45 pm-4 pm
Panel 4: Education and Media, 4-6:00 pm
  • Chair and moderator: Alex-Thai Dinh Vo
  • Võ Kim Sơn, “The Administration of the Public Education System in South Vietnam”
  • Nguyễn Hữu Phước, “The Adopted Philosophy of Education and the Development of New School Types under the RVN”
  • Phạm Trần, “Living and Working as a Journalist in the Republic of Vietnam”
  • Vũ Thanh Thủy, "The Vietnam War in the Eyes of Vietnamese War Correspondents"
Dinner for panelists (at Peter Zinoman’s house), 7:00 pm-9 pm

DAY 2, October 18
Panel 5: Security and Military, 8:30 am-9:30 am
  • Chair and moderator: Tuong Vu
  • Trần Minh Công, “Policing in a Country At War”
  • Bùi Quyền, “Reflections of a Frontline Soldier”
Coffee break, 9:30 am-9:45 am
Panel 6: Society, Culture and the Arts, 9:45 am-11:15 am
  • Chair and moderator: Van Nguyen-Marshall
  • Huỳnh Văn Lang, "Society of the Perennial Self-Exiles"
  • Nhã Ca,“Writers in the Republic of Vietnam"
  • Kiều Chinh, “Cinematic Arts in the Republic of Vietnam, 1954-1975”
Coffee break, 11:15 am-11:30 am
Panel 7 (scholarly), 11:30 am-1:00 pm
  • Chair and moderator: Peter Zinoman
  • Van Nguyen-Marshall, Appeasing the Spirits along the 'Highway of Horror': Civic Life in Wartime South Vietnam”
  • John Schafer, “Trịnh Công Sơn’s Talented Friends in Huế”
  • Huong Nguyen, Hidden Currents, Roiled Lives: Social Life in the City of Hue in 1963”
Special Luncheon Event, 1 pm-2 pm
  • Introduction: Nguyen Duc Cuong
  • Book Launch: South Vietnamese Soldiers: Memories of the Vietnam War and After (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2016) by Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen
Concluding Remarks, 2 pm: Peter Zinoman, Tuong Vu, Nu-Anh Tran

Participants and Affiliations
Republic of Vietnam Figures (alphabetical list by first name)
Col. Trần Minh Công, Commandant of RVN Police Academy
Nguyễn Đức Cường, Minister of Trade and Industry
Kiều Chinh, Actress
Huỳnh Văn Lang, Founder of Bách Khoa Review and the Association for the Development of Popular Culture
Phạm Kim Ngọc, Minister of Economy
Hoàng Đức Nhã, Presidential Advisor and Minister of Mass Mobilization and Open Arms
Nhã Ca, Writer
Nguyễn Trọng Nho, Opposition Legislator
Dr. Nguyễn Hữu Phước, National Director of Elementary Teacher Training & In-Service Training, Ministry of Education
Lt. Col. Bùi Quyền, Deputy Commander, Third Airborne Brigade
Dr. Võ Kim Sơn, Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Saigon
Cao Văn Thân, Minister of Land Reform and Agricultural Development
Vũ Quốc Thúc, Central Bank Governor and Minister of Reconstruction and Development
Vũ Thanh Thủy, War Correspondent
Phạm Trần, Journalist
Lâm Lễ Trinh, Minister of Interior and Ambassador
Academics (alphabetical list by last name)
Sean Fear, PhD Candidate, Cornell University
Kevin Li, PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley
Ryan Nelson, PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley
Huong Nguyen, PhD Candidate, University of Washington
Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen, Associate Professor, Monash University
Van Nguyen-Marshall, Associate Professor, Trent University, Toronto
John Schafer, Professor Emeritus, Humboldt State University, CA
Simon Toner, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College
Nu-Anh Tran, Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut
Alex-Thai Dinh Vo, PhD Candidate, Cornell University
Tuong Vu, Professor, University of Oregon
Peter Zinoman, Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Bill Laurie chuyen


kieulinh said...

The ARVN symposium for which the flyer if made for is at UC Davis October 19th. It is separate from the Nation-Building conference at UC Berkeley that takes place earlier. Please make the correction. Thank you. We hope to have many attendants at the UC Davis event, which I am organizing as part of the New Viet Nam Studies Initiative. I'll also be attending the Berkeley event.

Hai Tran said...

There is updated information on the new article "Ba Cuộc Hội Thảo Liên Quan Đến Công Cuộc Xây Dựng Lại Miền Nam Trong Cuộc Chiến và Nhận Rõ Vai Trò Cuả QLVNCH (Tổng Hợp)". Thank you.